Mash-Ups, Open Source and SOA Making Integration News


Introducing Mashup Server 1.5. Open source company WSO2 unveiled late last week that it's updated Mashup Server. The key change seems to be that this model is designed for enterprise use and scaling.


According to the press release, the new version "adds powerful WSO2 Data Services and security features for enterprise-class service composition." Also new to the server is an integrated user interface that allows users to choose from 20 enterprise security "templates," API and configuration extensions and OpenID user logins.


Apatar Plays Well in Sandbox. Apatar's a busy bee these days. In April, the open source data integration software provider announced it would offer a connector to StrikeIron US Address Verification. In May, Apatar unveiled that it could be used with IBM's DB2 relational database management products to synchronize data between DB2 and third-party applications.


This week, the company revealed it can connect to Force.com Sandbox, which is where developers go to play and develop Salesforce-related applications. Apatar provides a Salesforce.com connector that will allow them to process Sandbox's data. The press release explains why this is important:

"Sandbox is commonly used by Salesforce.com customers for testing new customizations or features before rolling them out to users, trying out applications from the AppExchange directory, creating a development environment for building applications, and providing a training environment for employees."
Apatar uses a visual design and mapping interface. In addition to connecting to Salesforce.com, it also connects to a long list of other software, including SugarCRM, MySQL, Oracle, Excel, Goldmine and the previously mentioned IMB DB2.


Who's Adopting SOA? CXO Today reports that SOA is most widely embraced by IT organizations in the public sector, at least in the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan. A recent Springboard Research report found the need to integrate applications and data across government departments is spurring higher adoption rates for the public sector in the region. Public sector IT spending there will account for 23 percent, on average, of total IT spending from 2005 to 2010, according to the report.